Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Course Introduction


These internationally famous flagship programmes enable you to become the best dancer you can be, and to develop the advanced skills you need to work in today's professional arts environment.

Transitions Dance Company was the world's first graduate dance company and it has since acquired an outstanding reputation for technical excellence and originality; it offers you a bridge to the professional world while you study for a highly respected Masters. For MA students, critical reflections and dissertation are embedded within the programmes so that you achieve your MA within 13 months. MFA students undertake an Extended Project within year 2 which requires you to be artistically ambitious through an innovative investigation in dance and/or interdisciplinary performance.

Course Details

You will collaborate with three professional choreographers to create a varied programme of work. Emerging and established dance makers are commissioned and previous makers have included Crystal Pite, Cristian Duarte, Daniel Larrieu, Lucy Guerin, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Lost Dog, Chen Tsung-Lung, Angela Woodhouse, Lea Anderson, Rosemary Lee, Lauri Stallings, Martin Nachbar, Ben Wright, Aszure Barton, Fin Walker and Theo Clinkard. A UK and international tour of the programme offers the opportunity to explore your performance practice, enhancing your versatility and expertise as a performer in a repertoire company. Touring also supports you to develop a teaching practice through experience of delivering educational workshops.

Throughout the MA programme, you engage in daily class in various styles, with expert tuition towards an advanced technical practice. Collaborative skills are encouraged through your active engagement as learners in the creative process through discussion, reflection and evaluation. For MA students, the year culminates in an independent research-led project, enabling you to consolidate your skills and understanding of performance practice.

Incorporating your Transitions Dance Company year, these programmes offer you the opportunity to go beyond that professional model experience: to critically reflect on your practice as a performer, to research and explore the role of the performer in the artistic process, and to deepen your understanding of both the artistic and technical complexities inherent in dance performance.


A primary focus of the programme is to provide - through membership of Transitions Dance Company - a learning environment which closely resembles and prepares students for a professional company context. This is reflected in the emphasis on studio practice; on the structure of the working day, which routinely begins with a company class; on extensive touring and performing opportunities; and on the leadership and guidance of the Artistic Director of the company.

Technical skills are developed through daily technique classes in Year 1. Through an investigative focus on three contrasting but complementary dance techniques, you are encouraged towards a commonality of experience and understanding. Following the initial guided exploration that contributes towards assessment, additional stylistic approaches allow you to further develop your technical abilities to support choreographed work in performance.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £11,350 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £11,350 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £22,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The programmes prepare highly skilled dancers for a career in today?s dance sector. They are open to recent graduates and more experienced performers who wish to return to study to gain a postgraduate qualification and applicants must demonstrate high-level technical, performative and creative skills as well as an aptitude for study at Masters level. In addition to acceptance into Transitions Dance Company (through audition), students will normally have successfully completed a UK undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject; or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (e.g. USA degree - GPA 3.00 or above). Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution?s recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. Decisions are made by the RPL Panel with delegated authority from the Assessment Board. An External Examiner may decide to scrutinise the evidence supporting a claim as part of the Assessment Board process.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 7.0. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.